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Stories by Kelsey Turner

Columbian staff reporter

Thrive2Survive hosts free community outreach event Saturday

March 14, 2023, 6:00am Clark County News

Thrive2Survive, a free community outreach event for people experiencing homelessness, is taking place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Living Hope Church, 2711 N.E. Andresen Road, Vancouver. The event will offer hot meals, clothing, hygiene services, mental health and housing assessments, hair cuts, showers, wound care and more. Read story

Washington State Department of Transportation workers secure the site of The Swamps homeless encampment in east Vancouver Wednesday afternoon where a fire broke out last week.

Portion of Vancouver homeless camp ‘The Swamps’ cleared after fire

Washington State Department of Transportation workers secure the site of The Swamps homeless encampment in east Vancouver Wednesday afternoon where a fire broke out last week.

March 9, 2023, 6:23pm Clark County News

After a fire last week scorched part of a houseless encampment in east Vancouver, the Washington State Department of Transportation is clearing out that side of the encampment for good. Read story

Alaire de Salvo, Janus Youth Programs shelter and outreach director, left, and case manager Robin Miller look over the clothes closet at Oak Bridge Youth Shelter. Oak Bridge, the first crisis intervention shelter of its kind in the Clark County area, serves both state-dependent and non-state-involved youth ages 9 to 17 and their families.

Service providers, survivors say human trafficking underreported in Clark County

Alaire de Salvo, Janus Youth Programs shelter and outreach director, left, and case manager Robin Miller look over the clothes closet at Oak Bridge Youth Shelter. Oak Bridge, the first crisis intervention shelter of its kind in the Clark County area, serves both state-dependent and non-state-involved youth ages 9 to 17 and their families.

March 7, 2023, 6:06am Clark County News

In 2020, Tammy Michelson, a Vancouver Police Department crime analyst, investigated what she describes as the “most egregious case” of child sexual exploitation in the past several years. Read story

Scorched belongings remain at The Swamps homeless encampment after a fire early Friday morning at the intersection of N.E. 107th Avenue and N.E. 53rd Street in Vancouver's North Image neighborhood.

Blaze scorches portion of Vancouver homeless camp ‘The Swamps’

Scorched belongings remain at The Swamps homeless encampment after a fire early Friday morning at the intersection of N.E. 107th Avenue and N.E. 53rd Street in Vancouver's North Image neighborhood.

March 3, 2023, 6:03pm Clark County News

Drew Fish, a resident at a homeless encampment in east Vancouver, awoke Friday in the middle of the night to the sound of propane tanks exploding. Read story

Outpost resident Courtney Ligman, who works in Share's Talkin' Trash program, picks up garbage across from Fort Vancouver High School on a Tuesday afternoon in February.

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Outpost resident Courtney Ligman, who works in Share's Talkin' Trash program, picks up garbage across from Fort Vancouver High School on a Tuesday afternoon in February.

March 1, 2023, 6:00am Clark County News

Courtney Ligman starts each day by taking her dog, Angel, for a long walk in the park. She eats breakfast, showers and heads to work. Read story

Visitors gather in 2016 to celebrate the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington's latest clubhouse in Vancouver. Federal funds from the city of Vancouver have helped the nonprofit agency run its youth violence prevention and intervention programs.

Clark County, Vancouver to get millions from feds

Visitors gather in 2016 to celebrate the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington's latest clubhouse in Vancouver. Federal funds from the city of Vancouver have helped the nonprofit agency run its youth violence prevention and intervention programs.

February 28, 2023, 6:40pm Business

Clark County and the city of Vancouver are receiving an annual influx of funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for affordable housing, community development and homeless assistance. Read story

Vancouver resident Andrey Shulik, right, and Maria Everhart stand on the Interstate 205 bridge pedestrian path on Saturday afternoon during a weekly rally raising awareness of the war in Ukraine. Saturday marked the 51st weekend that the rally has taken place.

Ukraine still on the minds of Vancouver demonstrators

Vancouver resident Andrey Shulik, right, and Maria Everhart stand on the Interstate 205 bridge pedestrian path on Saturday afternoon during a weekly rally raising awareness of the war in Ukraine. Saturday marked the 51st weekend that the rally has taken place.

February 25, 2023, 8:10pm Clark County News

For the 51st Saturday since Russia invaded Ukraine one year ago, Vancouver resident Andrey Shulik stood on the Interstate 205 bridge pedestrian path with a Ukrainian flag in hand, rallying in support of his home country. Read story

A car drives down a snowy East Fifth Street on Wednesday in Vancouver. Some areas of northern Clark County got about a foot of snow by Wednesday afternoon.

More snow may be coming to Clark County

A car drives down a snowy East Fifth Street on Wednesday in Vancouver. Some areas of northern Clark County got about a foot of snow by Wednesday afternoon.

February 25, 2023, 5:15pm Clark County News

As slush and ice still melt off Clark County’s roads from last week’s unexpected snowfall, the region could be facing another wintry mix in the days ahead. Read story

Living Hope Church's winter shelter, as pictured last winter, provides a warm place for people experiencing homelessness to stay overnight.

Clark County emergency shelter system mobilizes for people living outside

Living Hope Church's winter shelter, as pictured last winter, provides a warm place for people experiencing homelessness to stay overnight.

February 23, 2023, 1:48pm Clark County News

In the face of an unexpected winter storm, Clark County’s emergency shelters successfully opened up Wednesday night to give people living outside a warm place to sleep. Read story

Clark County shelter system expands for weather

February 23, 2023, 5:58am Clark County Health

Council for the Homeless issued a severe weather alert for the emergency shelter system in Clark County for Wednesday through Sunday. Read story